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First Meeting of the DesirMED Project in Venice: A Step Forward in Climate Adaptation in the Mediterranean

Last month, the historic city of Venice hosted the first meeting of DesirMED, a project funded by the HORIZON Europe program aimed at addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our time: adapting to climate change in the Mediterranean region. DesirMED seeks to enhance the adaptive capacities of leaders and communities through the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS). This approach focuses on the use of natural resources and ecosystems to mitigate the effects of climate change while promoting biodiversity and the well-being of local communities. 

The project involves the implementation of adaptation strategies in five demonstration areas - including Sardinia - and three replicating areas, involving a wide network of scientific and institutional partners. The goal is to transform climate adaptation from an abstract concept into concrete and measurable action that can serve as a model for other areas of the world. 

At the meeting on February 20-21, 2024, hosted by the CMCC, the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, the MEDSEA Foundation participated along with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS), the National Research Council (CNR), the IMC International Marine Center Foundation, and Criteria. Together, we will work to address the impacts of climate change in coastal areas, with a particular focus on Sardinia, a demonstration site of DesirMED. 

The nature-based solutions to be explored and implemented include the protection and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems, the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and the integrated management of water resources. These actions aim not only to reduce the vulnerability of communities and ecosystems to climate change but also to create sustainable economic opportunities. 

The first meeting of DesirMED marks the beginning of an ambitious and necessary journey. DesirMED stands as an example of how international cooperation, combined with innovation and local commitment, can lead to effective and sustainable solutions for one of the most urgent problems of our time. 



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